Southwark Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Southwark, Central London

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Living in Southwark

Just south of the City, across the Thames, lies one of London's many cultural hotspots. Iconic sites from the Globe Theatre to Borough Market dot the neighbourhood, where some most historic buildings sit alongside the newest, including The Shard - Europe's tallest building. Southwark is known, too, for Borough Market: foodie heaven, with its stalls of everything from artisan olive oil to hot salt beef bagels. 

Ratings

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Community

Southwark is both an area with a long, established identity and history, and one that has undergone a lot of change recently. Still, the area's character has been preserved just as the old buildings have been kept along with the new. 

Safety

The crime rate is above averate here, but this is the case for many tourism-heavy central London areas. The violence against the person rate is below average in moet of the area, but rises as you approach Waterloo. Again, put into context, this does not necessarily mean that you are at risk living in Southwark. 

Parking

Parking can be difficult and expensive in this area, which is within the congestion charge zone. Comparatively few residents own a car here. 

Nightlife

There are some wonderfully unique nightclubs in this area, some od which transform Southwark's tunnel passageways into buzzy destinations. There are also some excellent pubs, bars, and restaurants, particularly in the area near the river, which was very successfully regenerated in recent decades. Surrounding areas, like Bermondsey, also have hip speakeasies and other late-night venues.

Family Friendly

Around 80% of residents are working aged, and most of the rest are children, indicating that many families live here. The borough is very green, with lots of parks and open space including Southwark Park - the biggest of over 100 parks, this one has the most facilities, including a boating lake. Still, the smaller neighbourhood area close to the Thames has generally less green space. Much of the housing stock tends to be apartments, although these range from period flats to warehouse conversions and new riverfront developments. There is a lot of variety in schools in Southwark. 

Pet Friendly

The borough is very green, with lots of parks and open space including Southwark Park - the biggest of over 100 parks, this one has the most facilities, including a boating lake. Still, the smaller neighbourhood area close to the Thames has generally less green space. Much of the housing stock tends to be apartments, although these range from period flats to warehouse conversions and new riverfront developments. 

Transport

Southwark Station is on the Jubilee Line (Zone 1). Waterloo is on the Northern, Bakerloo, and Jubilee Lines, as well as the DLR, and offers mainline rail services. Waterloo East offers mainline rail services. Borough Station is on the Northern Line, and London Bridge is on the Jubilee and Northern Lines. There are several buses serving the area throughout the day and night.